A mother of two, a wife, and also a CEO, Neelam Dhawan has played numerous roles in her journey of life and continues to do so till date. In today’s date, she is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard India and continues to be an icon for women in the IT industry. She i8s a graduate in economics from St’ Stephens College which is located in Delhi. She has also done post-graduation in Business Administration from Delhi University from the Faculty of Management Studies. However, that is not what it is about. Her journey never stopped because she never stopped learning.
Neelam had not chosen what she is now but what she is now is an inspiration to women all around the globe. It was not her first choice. Like every B school graduate, she wanted to join the major FMCG industries and companies like Asian Paints, Hindustan Lever. However, she was rejected spontaneously by both the companies. However, instead of worrying and frowning upon her failures, she never lost her will and continued the road to her hard work with determination. Her failures made her a fearless and motivating woman which she is today.
Dhawan was offered a job into banking at the ANZ Grindlays Bank. However, she never was found of that offer. She had other plans in mind. She wanted something different from life. Her ambitions were different and so was she. If there would have been someone else, they would have jumped at the offer. However, she chose to become what she aspired. She started her career with HCL Technologies and then for about 14 years she learned all about the sales and marketing nuances and became a PRO in her genre.
Then, what came her way, well we all know! She started a new path by becoming the Vice President in IBM and also became a member of the Board of Directors. She then joined HP at the post of Vice President of the customer solutions group. From small ways to huge successes, she never stopped. She continued to pursue her ambition even after having to play the role of a wife and a mother. Her role in her career never got hampered no matter how many responsibilities came her way from her home or other areas of life. She ruled all roles in her life like a Boss Lady!
She took to the strategic growth of Alliances and Partnerships. In the year 2005, she joined the company, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. as the head of Sales and Marketing Operations. She was also recognized as Subsidiary of the Years IN APAC by Microsoft Corporation in the year span of 2005-2006.
Since July 1, 2008, she has finally earned the position of Managing Director at Hewlett Packard India Pvt Ltd. She is also a Member of Supervisory Board of Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV in April 2012 and is still on the same terms. Her aspiring journey is not inspiring due to her ambitions, but also of how she never stopped learning and never stopped trying regardless of what rejections and hindrances she faced.